Homemade “Magic” Shell


What could possibly be better than homemade vanilla ice cream?  How about homemade vanilla ice cream covered in a beautiful, hard chocolate shell! 

Growing up, every time my aunt made homemade ice cream for us, she always served it with chocolate magic shell. Always!  If there was homemade ice cream there was chocolate magic shell, and wow, was it good!

I wondered if there was a way to make the magic shell at home to make it a little healthier.  Turns out there is!  All of the recipes that I found called for two ingredients – chocolate chips and some sort of oil.  We don’t typically have chocolate chips on hand (and I’m not fond of some of the ingredients in them), so I set about to come up with a recipe that didn’t use them.  And here it is!  Simply delicious – enjoy!



Combine cocoa powder, powdered sucanat, and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk until combined and sucanat is completely dissolved.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Let it cool slightly and then spoon over ice cream.  Let harden and enjoy!


To make powdered sucanat, simply blend sucanat in a blender until it reaches a powdery consistency, similar to powdered sugar.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the cupboard.  Leftovers will last for a very long time, but you will most likely need to reheat to get to a pourable consistency.

I use extra virgin coconut oil which does lend a slight coconut flavor (which I love!)  If you are not fond of coconut, you can use a refined coconut oil that is flavorless. 

Try using different flavors and amounts of extracts for fun, new flavors.  I can’t wait to try peppermint!

This recipe has been shared with Fight Back Friday, Living Well Blog Hop, Pennywise Platter, Simple Lives Thursday, Things I Love Thursday, Full Plate Thursdays, Real Food Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, and What’s on Your Plate.  Check them out for more great recipes and ideas!